Saturday, 14 April 2012

Hemkund Sahib

Set amidst towering snow-capped mountains and lying beside a lake of pristine blue water, the Sikh shrine of Sri Hemkund Sahib looks, even to the not-particularly-pious, a place of almost unbelievable beauty and peace. Seven peaks - known as the Sapt Sring- surround the shrine, looming over lush green pastures. The lake’s rocky shores are covered with snow through most of the year, but when the snows melt, the almost mythical yellow-green flower known as the Brahma Kamal, the `Lotus of the Gods’, blooms amidst the rocks. It’s a place of a rather wild and untamed beauty- and one of Sikhism’s most important shrines.

The tenth and penultimate guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh ji, meditated for years in these mountains, finally leaving his earthly form and uniting with the Almighty. The star-shaped Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib, at a height of over 4,000 mt, is as such, a memorial to Guru Gobind Singh ji and a reminder of the saint’s mission.

Sri Hemkunt Sahib is accessible only in the summer, between June and October. The rest of the year, heavy snows make passage impossible, and usually block off the trail leading up to the shrine.

Hemkund Sahib Yatra starts on June 1 every year, and ends on October 5

Some Important Informations about

Pin Code 249401
Province Uttaranchal
S.T.D. Code 01372
Post Office Gobind Ghat
Situation 30°41'55.32"N 79°37'08.40"E
Temperature (Max.) 7-10° (Min.) 1.5-2° Cel.
Nearby Airport Jowligrant 307 k.m. (Dehradun)
Nearby Railway Station Rishikesh 293 k.m.
Nearby Patrol Pump Joshi Math 15-20 k.m.
Nearby ATM State Bank of India
Badrinath (App. 18-20 k.m.)

Distance between Hemkund Sahib to other Important Cities

From Gobind Dham
6 k.m. (afoot)
From Gobind Ghat 19 k.m. (afoot)
From Rishikesh 294 k.m.
From Haridwar 319 k.m.
From Amritsar 730 k.m.
From Delhi 639 k.m.
From Patna Sahib 1319 k.m.
From Mumbai 2023 k.m.

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